HMS Loch Alvie (K428)
HMCS Loch Alvie
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Namesake:||Loch Alvie, Scotland|
|Ordered:||2 February 1943|
|Builder:||Barclay, Curle & Company, Whiteinch, Glasgow|
|Laid down:||31 August 1943|
|Launched:||14 April 1944|
|Commissioned:||10 August 1944|
|Decommissioned:||11 June 1945|
English Channel 1945
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 20 September 1965|
|Class and type:||Loch class frigate|
|Displacement:||1,435 long tons (1,458 t)|
|Length:||307 ft 9 in (93.80 m)|
|Beam:||38 ft 9 in (11.81 m)|
|Draught:||8 ft 9 in (2.67 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × Admiralty 3-drum boilers
4-cylinder vertical triple expansion reciprocating engines, 5,500 hp (4,100 kW)
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Range:||9,500 nautical miles (17,600 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Armament:||• 1 × QF 4 inch Mark V on 1 single mounting HA Mk.III**
• 4 × QF 2 pounder Mk.VII on 1 quad mount Mk.VII
• 4 × 20 mm Oerlikon A/A on 2 twin mounts Mk.V (or 2 × 40 mm Bofors A/A on 2 single mounts Mk.III)
• Up to 8 × 20 mm Oerlikon A/A on single mounts Mk.III
• 2 × Squid triple barreled A/S mortars
• 1 rail and 2 throwers for depth charges
HMS Loch Alvie was a Loch-class frigate of the Royal Navy, named after Loch Alvie in Scotland. She ordered by the Royal Navy during World War II, but did not see action with them, having transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy before commissioning. After the war she returned to the Royal Navy and would pass in and out of service until 1963.
Loch Alvie was ordered 2 February 1943. She was laid down on 31 August 1943 by Barclay, Curle & Company at Glasgow and launched on 14 April 1944. She was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy and commissioned on 10 August 1944 at Dalmuir, Scotland.
World War II
After commissioning, Loch Alvie worked up at Tobermory. She joined the 9th Escort Group at Derry on 19 September 1944. After escorting convoys to and from Gibraltar, on 29 November she sailed as part of the escort of Russian Convoy JW62, arriving at Murmansk on 7 December, then returned to Liverpool for repairs.
The ship returned to convoy escort and anti-submarine operations in the English Channel in February 1945. Later Loch Alvie joined Task Group 122.3 for anti-submarine operations and support duties in the South-Western Approaches and Irish Sea while based at Milford Haven.
After the German surrender in May Loch Alvie returned to the Clyde and took part in escorting Convoy JW67 - the last convoy to Russia - before being sent to Trondheim to escort fourteen U-boats to Loch Eriboll as part of "Operation Deadlight".
Loch Alvie was recommissioned in 1950 to serve in the 6th Frigate Flotilla of the Home Fleet. In 1951 she took part in the search operation to find the missing submarine HMS Affray. The ship was again decommissioned in 1952 and placed in reserve at Chatham.
After modernisation and refit in 1953 she was re-commissioned for service in the Persian Gulf. She carried out a major salvage operation, and took part in the operations to assist the defence of Kuwait in 1961.
- Colledge, J. J.; Warlow, Ben (2006) . Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of all Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy (Rev. ed.). London: Chatham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-86176-281-8. OCLC 67375475.
- Marriott, Leo, 1983. Royal Navy Frigates 1945-1983, Ian Allen Ltd. ISBN 07110 1322 5
- Service Histories of Royal Navy Warships : Loch Alvie